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Horlord, Keeper of the Asdas
NPCs  (Minor)   (Criminal/Espionage)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-30 05:08 PM
There is a similar submission to this somewhere on this site in which an NPC has ring (that he can't remove) which attracts monsters/evil and his traveling from town to town like a plague. At least I think it is on this site somewhere, at any rate I used it twice as a GM.

Other possible hooks:

A chance for the PCs to proactive instead of reactive....
The PC are following Asdas and Horlord not specifcly but were tasked by the sovergin to find out what was causing this series of crimes along the frontier. They would move through a couple of towns and find stories of tragedies which correlate with the arrival of Horlord. I used this basic premise as a GM a couple of times, both times my PCs were stumped as to what to do with a passive threat.

Saving Private Horlord...
Horlord's brother (or close relative) is the blacksheep of the family, and has become wealthy and powerful by unethical means. He hires the PCs to free his brother of this item and return Horlord to home community whether Horlord wants it or not. (any harm that befalls Horlord will be 5 time revisited upon the PCs and all that) In this case you may get more into Horlord as a character. Perhaps while he doesn't enjoy his task the weight of the burden may have warped his psyche. His whole self-image may be wrapped up in being the barer of the Asdas and he refuses to give it up and can't believe there is a solution to the problem. Or the PC may find only a temp. fix for the problem, something Horlord will be opposed to, even though he is only a temp. fix.

A bigger threat...
A powerful wiseman (priest or leader) knows that the Asdas is moving through his kingdoms. He hires or commands the PCs to make sure it gets through the Kingdom okay. Thus they have to travel with Horlord and protect him. The adventure could fold into a few of the other plot hooks. At any rate the PCs learn the nature of the Asdas and Horlord. Little do they know that the Asdas is only half of an item that got seperated in the void. The other half landed in this country and wants to rejoin. The other half has the greater intellect while the half Horlord carries has the great power. The PCs are finally confronted by being (perhaps the wiseman) in control of the other half who promises if it is given to him he will destroy it. The joining of the two items would be a much greater threat than either alone. Thus what had been a roving minor threat is now a direct threat on a much greater scale. Go to Comment
Fantasy fabrics
Items  (Materials)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-01 02:32 PM
Don't those space elves -I can't even recall their name well enough to even look it up*, but their accessories include battle bears, the embassy on Venus with the hyper-sexual ambassador/huntress, a giant organic space ship-have a type of living fabric?

*say what you want about the Drow but at least their creator had the foresight to name them something everybody could remember, spell and pronounce. Go to Comment
Fantasy fabrics
Items  (Materials)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-17 02:08 PM


I am glad this one was put together, it is a useful resource. 


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edits for Wizard63
Society/ Organizations  (Ethnic/Cultural)   (Regional)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-27 05:28 PM
When Wizard63 gives the okay I will delete this post. Go to Comment
The Orcs of Kyle Drannor - The Tribal Nation
Society/ Organizations  (Ethnic/Cultural)   (Country/ State)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-27 01:53 PM
First,
I know how hard it is to edit a piece based on your own ideas. The words on the page on the words in you head keep overlapping. Second, I think GM often write things with style better suited to the spoken word in which tone, rhythm and context can make a huge difference. It is a trap I often fall in.

Second,
Nice idea, the Orc as Native American's and all, but it is just awfully written. I have posted a marked up version in the "in work" section. Go to Comment
The Orcs of Kyle Drannor - The Tribal Nation
Society/ Organizations  (Ethnic/Cultural)   (Country/ State)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-07 12:25 PM
Here ya go,

and feel free and encouraged to give of my old posts a good edit.


http://www.strolen.com/content.php?node=5725 Go to Comment
Flamesilk
Items  (Materials)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-27 05:04 PM
I can't say enough good things about this post, but I will try.

First the tree is wonderful contraption for sci-fi setting as well as fantasy. It is widely believed that early man (Homo Erectus) didn't make the earilest controlled fires, but rather maintained and manipulated it. At at the very least it is believed that fire based industries such as cooking developed before fire building technologies. In order to develop fire dependent industries and cultural behaviors homo erectus and/or early man would have to have obtained fire from some natural occurance such as a lightening strike or a small geological event. These trees would be of limitless use to early human-like cultures. Furthermore the idea that a tree burns as a way of controlling competeing plants is also a wonderful idea, and while we haven't seen it in evolution, I think any a species that could evolve it would be extremely successful. Polynation might be a problem, so perhaps the tree would only do this part of the year or not depend on animal born sex. Anyway the fact that we can talk about these options makes it a wonderful item.

Second the silk, also a wonderful item for gamers. One of the problem with a fantasy setting in which almost everything is flamable and every other spell causes things to go up in flames is that it is impossible to get sense of security. I am sure in a european style setting this material would be the preferred book binding material.

One question when start a flame on flame silk does the silk run out of fuel eventually? Go to Comment
Flamesilk
Items  (Materials)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-02 02:30 PM
"one has to have a second outer wall made of the improved flamesilk to make sure the Kogish trees only expand outwards from the town."


You are like a flamesilk salesman.

But is said in intro that combustion was perhaps the means by which the reproduced, that doesn't exclude the possiblity of seeds.

If however they reproduce without seeds, are all Kogosh tree's clones? Go to Comment
Flamesilk
Items  (Materials)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-02 05:57 PM
Well some plants spread by budding, but certain trees (many pines for example) excrete a poison into the soil around them that kills other plants. There seeds can then take root in this soil without out competition from other plants. Thus burning the surrounding the trees would be similar approach and would have a benefit the offspring of the trees. Indeed forest fires can often have a positive effect on the propagation of some species such as pines. Pine cones are fairly resistance to damage from forest fires and indeed when caught in a fire they explode spreading seeds. The seeds have also been pushed toward germination by the heat. Forest fires are a regular enough occurence in nature that some trees have evolved to exploit them.

But if the tree reproduces like you say, asexually then wouldn't all Kogish trees be identical (or almost identical)?

Again a great post. Go to Comment
Flamesilk
Items  (Materials)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-02 07:43 PM
Yup a waste of education. Go to Comment
Flamesilk
Items  (Materials)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-17 07:51 PM
I love good speculative ecology...

still a great post. Go to Comment
Flamesilk
Items  (Materials)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-14 08:58 AM


I know what you mean, there have been posts I've read and thought....I think I get the idea, but there is just a lack of...playable content, detail, logic or what have you. Come back a couple of months later and its golden. So I have to start to wonder what it is I am not getting.

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Herther
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Other)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-27 02:05 PM
I don't know what I would tell the PCs, and if a GM sent a wasp goat at us to sow lies and fears and gave us no more than whats above he would be in for a ton of questions. Go to Comment
Herther
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Other)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-01 01:16 PM
I was asked to revisit my original post by Pieh and vote on the rewrite.

Do they have stingers?

The physical description of these things is much better, but many of the sentences are clumsy.
"Their heads are shaped like that of a goat and are covered in short gray or black fur, but mounted above its fanged mouth are two red bug-like eyes." is an example of such a sentence.

Also much of the discussion here is about this cult and their use for them. We have no idea how these thing originated, what particular agenda they may have or what an encounter with them would be like. I think describing an encounter with these would be the most useful way to expand upon them. It would allow the reader to get a 1st (or at least a more personal) look at the terror these things invoke, it would give the gamer a template for the use of these things in game play, and would give an overall picture of these things. Right now there is no overall picture, we just have a list of facts.

What is this post really about, the cult, the blood maddness or the goat-wasps? Go to Comment
Kir'bret'rasach
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-26 08:38 PM
I thought the lizard grammar was cheesy, but not bad.

What about the bear's immunity to toxins or depleted uranium armor piercing rounds?

Nice, though, I have a weak spot for inter-galactic warfare. Go to Comment
Never-Burning Torch
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-25 06:34 PM
Fun idea, clearly written and funny. I like this alot. Somebody once said I think it was Murometz "For every uber-saga we need 1-2 of these intresting, ready-to-use, gaming items!"

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The Damning Sack
Items  (Other)   (Villanous)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-25 11:03 AM
I like it.

It would be a great item for a demon hunter or a party of demon hunters. It may even be worth questing for...the more I think about it the more I like it. Thanks. Go to Comment
The Damning Sack
Items  (Other)   (Villanous)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-25 12:40 PM
Nice,

Paladin: "Now all we need to complete the ritual is to place the Holy Gem of Catheela back in the arms of the earth mother and the thousand lost souls of my order will finally rest. Troupe, please hand me the gem."

Bard: *shuffles through bag* "Right away sire"

Paladin: "Troupe! Give me the gem! The souls of my anguished companions call to me"

Bard: "I swear I put it in here last week, while you were praying for the basilisk's soul and the Wizard was skinning it."

Wizard: "Where did you get that sack?"

Bard: "I found it in the Catacombs of the Damned" *a round of sighs and groans from party* "...in the crypt of Jancinthia. But it held all my stuff and only weighed 5lbs!"

Wizard: "You witless fool!!"

Paladin:"For the love of all that is holy will my brothers ever rest?!?!"

Bard: "Hey my stuff was in here too!" Go to Comment
The Damning Sack
Items  (Other)   (Villanous)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-25 05:22 PM
eventually you may get a letter from hell, complaining about the illegal dumping.

again this is a fun idea. I wish I had had this item years ago. Go to Comment
Clean Slate
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Rooms/ Halls)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-25 01:59 PM
Nice idea, I have seen versions of this before, but you have really done it well here. Whats more is that it is complete. This would be a nice addition to any crawl. Thanks Go to Comment
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